Spermatophyta: Monocotyledonae: Liliales

Liliaceae - Lily family

Wilkin, P. (2009) Liliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(2)

Description of the family

Erect herbs. Rootstock a bulb with loose scales. Flowers borne on leafy, usually unbranched, stems. Leaves spiral, arranged along stem, sessile. Flowers bisexual, actinomorphic, 1(-7) in a raceme. Tepals in 2 whorls of 3, white (in ours). Stamens 6. Ovary superior, 3-locular. Fruit a capsule.

Worldwide: 10 genera and 350 species, N hemisphere especially SW Asia to China. (Our single species is an escape from gardens).

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated genus and 1 cultivated taxon.

Lilium formosanum

Links to cultivated genera:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this family

Lilium L.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Liliaceae:

Our websites:

Flora of Zimbabwe: Liliaceae

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Liliaceae
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Liliaceae
Wikipedia: Liliaceae

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: Family page: Liliaceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/family.php?family_id=118, retrieved 20 March 2023

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